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Atlas of Human Poisoning and Envenoming

2nd Edition

By James H. Diaz

CRC Press

904 pages | 24 Color Illus. | 394 B/W Illus.

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Clinicians undergoing competency testing, certification, and periodic recertification are frequently faced with computer-based exams designed to evaluate clinical acumen and judgment. Test questions often include an image or radiograph followed by a vignette of the clinical encounter and a series of questions. Designed to better prepare practitioners for image-intense, computer-based examinations in their respective fields, Atlas of Human Poisoning and Envenoming is a visual and written reminder of the ubiquitous sources of toxins and toxoids in the environment and the outcomes of accidental or intentional toxic exposures in humans.

The Second Edition has been restructured with bulleted text, tables, and figures resembling the vignettes that accompany national examinations. Combining the four specialties of toxicology—analytical, medical, environmental, and industrial—into one comprehensive atlas, the book presents photographs and diagrams of toxic plants and animals, their mechanisms of poisoning or envenoming, and the human responses caused by toxic exposure. Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Prescription and illicit drug abuse epidemics
  • Environmental and occupational nephrotoxicology and neurotoxicology
  • Tick paralysis
  • Petrochemical toxicants
  • Biological, chemical, and radiological warfare agents
  • Workplace substance abuse screening and monitoring
  • Epidemiological design and statistical analysis of toxicological investigations

The book is conveniently divided into four sections covering general medical toxicology, environmental toxicology, industrial and occupational toxicology, and epidemiology and statistics for toxicology. Supplemented with a 16-page color insert, the second edition includes new images and tables. The atlas will be a useful study guide for a range of practitioners preparing for a lifetime of image-intense national examinations.


"Compared to other narrative-based references in this exceptionally complicated and detail-driven field, this atlas presents small bites of easily digestible information."

—Sean P. Boley, MD, Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center for Doody's Review Service

Table of Contents

General Medical Toxicology

The Pharmacology of Human Poisoning and Envenoming

General Poisoning Management

Diagnostic Work-Up of the Poisoned Patient

Poison Antidotes

Toxicity of Antiseptics and Drug Additives

Poisonings with Over-the-Counter and Opioid Analgesics

Household Product Poisonings

Drug and Illicit Substance Abuse

Anticonvulsants and Sedative-Hypnotics

Reproductive and Perinatal Toxicology and Teratogenesis

Hypoglycemic and Other Endocrine Agent Toxicity

Cardiovascular Drug Toxicity

Antibiotic Toxicity

Anticancer Drug Toxicity

Environmental and Occupational Nephrotoxicology


Environmental Toxicology

Food Poisoning

Seafood Poisoning

Mushroom Poisonings

Herbal Poisonings

Common Poisonous Household and Garden Plants

Bites and Stings: Terrestrial Envenomings

Common Arthropod Vectors of Infectious Diseases

Tick Paralysis

Bites and Stings: Marine Envenomings

Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Cajun Traditions and Poisonings

Industrial and Occupational Toxicology

Volatile Organic Chemicals

Petrochemical Toxicity

Industrial Gas Exposures and Occupational Lung Diseases

Metal and Metalloid Poisonings

Pesticide Poisonings: Insecticides, Rodenticides, and Herbicides

Radiation Toxicology

Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons and Warfare

Workplace Substance Abuse Monitoring

Miscellaneous Toxicants

Epidemiology and Statistics for Toxicology

Epidemiology and Statistics for Toxicology


About the Author

Dr. James H. Diaz is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, pain management, general preventive medicine and public health, occupational/environmental medicine, and medical toxicology. Dr. Diaz served as a written and oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology from 1986 to 1996 and currently serves on the core examination committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. His current academic and clinical research interests include occupational and environmental toxicology, environmental and tropical infectious diseases and injuries in international travelers, emerging environmentally associated diseases and poisonings, and the impact of climate change on natural disasters, along with their public health outcomes.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine
MEDICAL / Toxicology